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Fire destroys rural Clinton farm house

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
February 4, 2009
— Firefighters battled bitter cold and a downed electrical wire while fighting a fire that destroyed a farmhouse converted into a duplex Tuesday night.

More than a dozen fire departments from Wisconsin and Illinois responded at 6:28 p.m. to 7806 E. Highway 67 with at least 10 tankers and a half dozen engines, Clinton Fire Chief John Rindfleisch said.


Firefighters remained on scene until nearly 1 a.m. today, he said.


"We had all kinds of problems, including ice that made it difficult to get to some spots. In addition, an electrical wire that had burned off from the house stayed alive so firefighters were unable to get close to that side of the house or put water on it because of the electricity," he said.


It wasn’t clear this morning how many tenants lived in the duplex, but none of the occupants was injured. The South Central Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross responded and provided assistance to displaced tenants, Rindfleisch said.


A Clinton firefighter was treated and released at Beloit Memorial Hospital for exhaustion, Rindfleisch said.


The fire’s cause and a damage estimated had not been determined this morning. Rindfleisch said he was going back to the scene this morning to continue the investigation.



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